Life with a Superhero: Raising Michael Who Has Down Syndrome (Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Series #6) (Hardcover)

Life with a Superhero: Raising Michael Who Has Down Syndrome (Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Series #6) By Kathryn U. Hulings Cover Image
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Over twenty years ago, in a small Israeli town, a desperate mother told a remarkable lie. She told her friends and family that her newborn child had died. That lie became the catalyst for the unfolding truth of the adoption of that same baby—Michael —who is, in fact, very much alive and now twenty-two years old. He also has Down syndrome.

When Kathryn Hulings adopted Michael as an infant, she could not have known that he would save her life when she became gravely ill and was left forever physically compromised. Her story delights in how Michael’s life and hers, while both marked by difference and challenge, are forever intertwined in celebration and laughter. With candor and a sense of humor, Life With a Superhero wraps itself around the raucous joy of Michael’s existence with his four older siblings who play hard and love big; how Kathryn and her husband, Jim, utilize unconventional techniques in raising kids; the romance between Michael and his fiancée, Casey; the power of dance in Michael’s life as an equalizing and enthralling force; the staggering potential and creativity of those who are differently-abled; and the mind-blowing politics of how Kathryn navigated school systems and societal attitudes that at times fought to keep Michael excluded from the lives of kids deemed “normal.”

No other books about the parenting experience outline what to do when, say, a child runs across the roof of a tri-level house pretending he can fly, or shows up in a 7th grade social studies class dressed like Spiderman, or calls 911 when his girlfriend breaks his heart. But, as Michael’s mom, Kathryn has been trying to figure how to be a mother in just such circumstances—sometimes with success, sometimes with dismal failure—for over two decades.

About the Author

KATHRYN U. HULINGS is a mother and writer who has called Fort Collins, Colorado, her home for over thirty years. She earned an MA in English/Creative Nonfiction from Colorado State University, where she is now an adjunct faculty member teaching composition and literature courses. She also works as an advocate for children with special needs and serves as a community volunteer.

Praise For…

“Life with a Superhero’s greatest strengths are the aesthetic value of the writing—it’s very lyrical and beautiful—and the uncommon perspective on parenting an older child with Down syndrome.”—Kathryn Soper, author, The Year My Son and I Were Born

“By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Kathryn Hulings’ debut book is a moving portrayal of family and community dedication and love.”—John Calderazzo, author, Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives

"Candid, intimate, powerful, inspired and inspiring, Life with a Superhero: Raising Michael Who Has Down Syndrome is highly recommended reading for anyone having a Down Syndrome child in their family. Exceptionally well written from beginning to end, Life with a Superhero is a strongly recommended addition to public library collections for the benefit of their patrons and community at large."--Midwest Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781574415247
ISBN-10: 1574415247
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
Publication Date: June 25th, 2013
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Series